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LET THERE BE LIGHT
Throughout the Medieval Ages and The Renaissance, stained glass was one of the most prestigious of art forms, not least because of its great expense. To create large church windows was one of the most expensive ventures of the time. In the 12th Century account of Abbot Suger of Saint Denis he writes 'Now because (these windows) are very valuable on account of their wonderful execution and profuse expenditure of painted glass and saphire glass, we appointed an official master craftsman for their protection and repair'. It was really only in the sixteenth century and later periods when stained glass was disseminated into the private sphere and glass roundels particularily from Holland and Germany were made for the wealthy merchant classes.
The repair and resetting of glass has been been a necessary craft to make use of fragments from damaged church windows. Much of the re-setting was done in the nineteenth century and many of the following panels are assembled from fragments from various periods.